My labor with Littlebean was completely different than my labor with Jellybean. When I went into labor with Jellybean my contractions started like tiny little twinges at around 9am on June 23, 2012. I had no idea they were contractions I just knew that I didn’t feel good. I laid around all day and finally around noon I thought these little twinges seems to be continuing maybe I should time them. Well it turned out they were contraction but they were still roughly 10 minutes apart. I stayed home all day relaxing and trying to rest until around 9pm when my contractions were about 6 minutes apart and we decided it was time to head to the hospital, since the hospital was a little over an hour away. Once at the hospital they did an exam and I still hadn’t dilated so they sent me to walk the halls of the hospital until midnight. I was in so much pain that by the time midnight came around I decided I couldn’t go any longer without something for pain. I was given morphine and they admitted me. The morphine lasted a while and then slowly the pain crept back up so I decided to try the gas. I didn’t like the way it made me feel. I had all intentions to have a natural delivery but the pain was so bad I decided to go ahead and get the epidural. My epidural didn’t take very well so my contractions were still very painful. Finally at 1:55pm on June 24, 2013 Jellybean was born. I ended up need a few stitches, which I felt her put in, and my recovery was fairly painful. I had a lot of swelling that took a day or so to go down but all in all I felt pretty good.
This time around Littlebean’s birth was extremely different. My contractions, which were full on contractions, started at 7pm. Marcus and I were watching tv and I just sort of flinched and had to breathe through it. I looked at him and said “I think that was a contraction.” Of course he got all crazy and jumped up to grab the phone and call everyone, I had to settle him down a bit and told him to just wait until I have a few more and can time them to see how far apart they were. They were roughly 10 minutes apart, and from my past experience I didn’t see the point in getting all in a hurry. Sadly though I did take this time to finally pack my hospital bag that I had been putting off doing. We watch a movie and I laid down with Jellybean and put him to bed. Around 1am my contractions were about 4 minutes apart so I decided it was time to head into the hospital. Once arriving they examined me to see if I was dilated and I was sad to hear I was only 2cm. I was in so much pain already but again we took to the halls to walk. We walked and walked and then started back towards labor and delivery because my contractions were now 2-3 minutes apart but I still hadn’t dilated. I decided to get morphine and asked them if they could admit me so I could use the labor shower. Nothing seemed to help and my labor this time was all in my back. The only way I felt slightly better was if I screamed. I couldn’t walk, or sit in a comfortable position. Every contraction started low in my belly and wrapped around and felt like a knife in my back. I so badly wanted to have a natural delivery this time but the pain was so unbearable. I told Marcus I wanted an epidural. The team came in and set everything up and went over the whole procedure with me. The nurse told me I needed to be able to sit still in order for them to do it. My contractions were so close together and I was barely able to sit still in between contraction. My nurse suggested that I have her check me again and if I was 4cm it might be better to just go ahead and break my water and hopefully have Littlebean very soon. Marcus was nervous and didn’t think it was a good idea to risk the epidural if I couldn’t sit still so we decided to just go ahead and break my water. Littlebean had a bowel movement while inside me so they planned on having the NICU team there to check him once he was born. Unfortunately things didn’t seem to progress as quickly as I would have liked. I could see on Marcus’s face how much it was bothering him not being able to do anything for me. I screamed and yelled and finally after 6 hours of active labor and very little pushing, Littlebean was born at 10:56am. As soon as he was out it was instant relief. I didn’t need any stitches, or have any swelling and I was able to get right up out of bed and have a shower. I felt so great and didn’t even seem like I had just had a baby.
I’m not sure if it was the fact that I had a natural delivery why my recovery was so great or just the fact that it was my second baby. Everything about it seemed so much better this time around. Littlebean was perfectly healthy at 8lbs 1oz and Jellybean loves his little brother so much. All I know is the next child I have I plan to have another natural birth. The pain is truly something you could never explain but it gave me this wonderful sense of accomplishment and appreciation for how awesome I am. Makes me feel like Superwoman.